New Castle & Frenchtown 2-2-0 "Planet" Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Pennsylvania (Locobase 803)

Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin #13 (1927) has report by railroad of this engine's performance.

Sister engines were the Virginia, Delaware, and New Castle. Pennsylvania was the first engine imported by the NC & F. New Castle appears to have been a copy made by E.A.G. Young.

Tube length was 6 ft 10 in, except Virginia, which had 7-ft, 6-in tubes. Boiler sheet measured 7/16 inches in thickness while the "heads" were 1/2-in thick.

According to Chief Engineer J. Knight, Virginia ran a circular trip of 33 miles for 17 months straight (July 1834-December 1836) and incurred a cost of only $50 for repairs. New tires cost $200.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID803
RailroadNew Castle & Frenchtown
Number in Class4
Road Numbers
Number Built4
Valve Gear
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase
Engine Wheelbase
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)
Weight on Drivers12000 lbs
Engine Weight18000 lbs
Tender Light Weight
Total Engine and Tender Weight
Tender Water Capacity
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)20 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter60"
Boiler Pressure75 psi
Cylinders (dia x stroke)11" x 16"
Tractive Effort2057 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 5.83
Heating Ability
Firebox Area
Grate Area
Evaporative Heating Surface
Superheating Surface
Combined Heating Surface0
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation0
Same as above plus superheater percentage0
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area0
Power L10
Power MT0

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